Heflin Main Street has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program. Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach™.
“We are proud to recognize this year’s 860 Nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have dedicated themselves to strengthening their communities,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These Accredited Main Street programs have proven to be powerful engines for revitalization by sparking impressive economic returns and preserving the character of their communities. During these challenging times, these Main Street programs will be key to bringing economic vitality back to commercial districts and improving quality of life during the recovery process.”
In 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new were jobs created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.
Heflin Main Street’s performance is evaluated by Main Street Alabama, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet ten rigorous performance standards. Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.
Heflin Main Street was designated an official Main Street Alabama community in 2016. Since its inception, the organization has been responsible for over $12,000,000 in private investment in the District and over 3000 in volunteer hours from local citizens. Heflin Main Street proudly serves its community through hosting events Downtown like Homecoming on Main and Holidays on Ross as well as in-store business promotions like Girls Night Out.
“Receiving a national accreditation from Main Street America is a huge accomplishment for our little City. Our Board and volunteers work hard to promote economic development and good design in our commercial center, and I am grateful to the national organization for recognizing us,” exclaimed Paula Smith, President of Heflin Main Street.